After Repair Car Care
A fresh paint finish can do wonders in making your car look new again. To extend the life of your finish, try to avoid the following:
For the First 30 Days
- Don’t use commercial car washes. While it’s easy, those stiff brushes or sponges will hurt your brand new finish. Your car deserves better.
- Don’t wash your car in the sun. Clean it in the shade, by hand, with cool water, mild soap, and a soft cloth. It’ll be worth it.
- Don’t drive on gravel roads. Those small rocks can have a big impact on your beautiful finish.
- Don’t park your vehicle outside in extreme cold or heat. Treat your paint like you want to be treated.
- Don’t park under trees that might drop sap. Tree sap can easily mark a freshly painted surface.
- Don’t park under trees because of birds. Rinse bird droppings off the paint surface as quickly as possible. Your paint hates it as much as you do.
- Don’t park near factories that produce heavy smoke. Soot in the air can be just as bad as those birds.
- Don’t spill gasoline, oil, antifreeze, or any other fluids on your paint. If you do, immediately rinse it with water, let it air dry, and apologize.
- Don’t scrape ice or snow off of freshly painted surfaces. Stick to cleaning the windows and let it thaw off naturally.
- Don’t dry wipe or dust the vehicle. Use only clean, cool water, just like he or she would ask for if they could ask for things.
For the First 90 Days
- Don’t polish or wax your car. Waiting will allow the finish to cure completely.